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07 Nov 2017

Cracking Cotinus Grace – Let the sun shine through

Cotinus ‘Grace’ – everything a plant should be.  Graceful foliage, excellent autumn foliage colour and puffs of fluffy flowers in the summer. 

The rounded leaves emerge a deep wine-red in the spring then mature to a dusty purple / red in the summer and then turn reddish / orange in the autumn showing up the veins which are coloured almost fluorescent pink. 

The deep pink flowers are borne in dense clusters in the summer forming a smoke-like appearance – hence the common name Smoke Bush.  Cotinus are happy in a sunny location in both borders and containers.  They look fantastic when planted with winter stem coloured Cornus too. 

When the autumn sun shines through the leaves they positively shine and seem to make the most of the autumn sunshine.  Cotinus ‘Grace’ can reach up to 6m in height and 4m in spread and so is perfect for filling a large space.